ELYRIA — Before each match, the only thing distinguishing Alex Laboy from the other players on the court is the color of her uniform.
As the libero on Avon’s Southwestern Conference champion team that finished the season 22-2 and ranked 10th in the state in Division I, Laboy wears alternating colors but once the games start, there’s no question about her ability or impact on the match — especially when it comes to defense.
At the annual Lorain County Volleyball All-Star Games on Tuesday, Laboy was the 35th recipient of the annual Miss Volleyball Award.
“I really wasn’t expecting it,” Laboy said. “I always go into the season working my hardest and work hard for my teammates. Knowing they’re behind me, it means a lot. Having the other girls here with me, that means a lot.”
At 5-foot-5, Laboy does all the little things that only volleyball coaches and the most knowledgeable fans would appreciate as key elements of a successful team. She totaled a team-high 350 digs. From the service line, Laboy had 53 aces to lead the Eagles in that department as well. Her serve-reception percentage was nearly 95 percent in 327 attempts.
Laboy is a four-year varsity letterwinner and carries over a 4.0 GPA. She was the SWC’s MVP this year and Lorain County’s D-I player of the year. She was named to the All-Ohio second team.
“I’m really proud of Alex,” Avon coach Julie Bendzuck said. “There have been great recipients the past couple years. I’m proud of all of them. This just defines Alex’s career and the role that she had on our team. She had an outstanding senior season. We knew she was capable of it and when you look at her stats, they truly were remarkable.
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